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Yao Chen Honored at 22nd Annual Crystal Awards in Davos
   2016-01-20 09:57:07    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Niu Honglin

Chinese actress Yao Chen and US Actor Leonardo DiCaprio on the official brochure of the World Economic Forum in Davos for their Crystal Awards. [Photo: Weibo]

Chinese actress Yao Chen has been named among the recipients of the 2016 Crystal Award.

The announcement was made by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. Other winners include actor Leonardo DiCaprio, artist Olafur Eliasson, and musician and entrepreneur will.i.am.

Yao Chen was awarded for her work on behalf of the U.N. refugee agency in raising awareness of the world refugee crisis.

Referred by the Chairwomen as the "Queen of Weibo" for having 78 million followers on the Chiese social media platform, Yao has also used her high profile to influence the public on a range of issues, including environmental pollution and food safety.

In her speech, the actress again called on all of the attendees to pay more attention to the refugee crises.

"You who are in attendance are the people who have the most positive energy of all. Each of you is like a beam of lightĄ­. Once again, I thank you all."

At the same time, Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio has also been recognized for his leadership in tackling the climate crisis.

The World Economic Forum's Crystal Award honours artists whose important contributions are improving the state of the world and who best represent the "spirit of Davos."

The winners will be honored next week at the opening session of the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos.

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